It is no secret that termites can cause severe damage to your home and so you will want to do everything that you can possibly do in order to protect your home. There are some basic non-negotiable things you need to do – regularly inspect your home in order to make sure there is no damage and make your home is as unfriendly to termites as possible. The following tips will you to protect your home from termites:
Minimise Wooden Areas that Touch the Ground
Where structural wood comes directly into contact with the soil, you have a potential problem. In this case, termites not only have access to the nutrition and moisture they require, they can also sneak into your home unseen. According to our pest inspections, this makes for termite heaven.
Make sure that any wooden windows, wood siding, etc. are six inches off the ground at least. This could mean retracting the soil from the foundation and cutting off the bottom of your wooden latticework. You may want to look at a concrete base for posts or steps, ensuring that the whole base is enclosed.
Minimise the Accumulation of Moisture
Moisture accumulating near or around the foundation is going to lead to problems, whether termite or otherwise. Be sure to divert as much water from the foundation as possible with the proper use of gutters, etc. Take care of basic maintenance in the basement – leaky air conditioners, etc. Adjust your sprinklers for your garden so that they aren’t too near the house and make sure that rainwater drains away from the foundation.
Be Careful where you Store Wood
If you use wood for DIY, as firewood or anything else, you need to be careful where you store it. Make sure that it is not stacked against the foundation and that it doesn’t give termites direct access to the wooden areas of your home. By the same token, dense plants should be kept away from being grown around the house.
Be Careful with Mulch
Mulch is great for keeping the water in soil and maintaining a proper soil temperature and termites love this. It provides them with a great home – they don’t particularly find it a good source of food, however, and may come round to eat your house for dinner. It also doesn’t really matter what the mulch is – the attraction is the moisture and temperature control, not the actual materials themselves. Apply mulch sparingly – 5cm is usually more than enough and never allow it to directly contact any wooden parts of your home.
Have a lookout for these conditions when you do your own pre purchase building inspections – if some of the above are present be very careful when buying that particular home. As always, it is a great idea to have a professional come in to give your potential purchase a thorough once over to make sure that there is no problem.